The University of Manchester

04/24/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/24/2024 09:05

Manchester student drives mental health support initiative with distance challenge

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Manchester student drives mental health support initiative with distance challenge

Written by: Yiduo Liu

A Manchester student is contributing to mental health support by taking part in a distance challenge.

Beth Sims, a third-year Chemistry student at The University of Manchester, will join a group of 18 students, all on work placement at Lubrizol, a science company in Derbyshire, to take part in the challenge to raise money for Student Minds, an important charity supporting students with their mental health.

The Lubrizol students will be completing the distance between Lubrizol in Hazelwood, Derbyshire, and the company's base in Barcelona. They are aiming to cover the 1715km (1066 miles) distance collectively, with each student taking on roughly 100km during April, whether that be walking, running, cycling, or even climbing.

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"We wanted to organise something that would bring students together. We are all very conscious of health and mental wellbeing. We're very aware of how easy it can be to lose your mental health. This is a cause that's very close to us and very relevant."

Beth Sims, Chemistry student at The University of Manchester
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Beth enjoys going for jogs in Lubrizol's extensive grounds, which are set in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside in a former stately home near Duffield and will be running the distance throughout the challenge.

With around one in four students reporting having a diagnosed mental health issue while at university, Student Minds empowers students to build their own mental health toolkit to support themselves and their peers through university life and beyond. The students are aiming to raise £500 with their distance challenge, which will be matched by Lubrizol. To donate, visit: https://bit.ly/4aWausj [bit.ly]

Other universities represented by the Lubrizol distance challenge are: Derby, Loughborough, York, Warwick, Nottingham, Lincoln, Durham, St Andrews and Sheffield.

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